The Many Faces of @dressupbox

Nearly every day of the past six months, makeup artist Hannah Concannon (@dressupbox) has reinvented herself on Instagram.

"Growing up, between ballet, synchronized swimming and an intense love of Halloween, I had a lot of makeup put on my face by other people," says Hannah. "It wasn’t until college, when I took my first costume design course, that I started to experiment with makeup on my own."

Now, after only six months of makeup study, Hannah has taken up her passion full time. “For the past couple months I’ve been doing makeup professionally for photo shoots, videos and—my favorite—live performance.”

What was the inspiration for @dressupbox? “In late 2012 a friend and I embarked upon a 50-day art challenge,” Hannah says. “We both wanted to build portfolios for various programs we were applying to and also experiment with different mediums. In 2013 my friend upped the ante and challenged me to create one costume a day, and The Dress Up Box was born.”

Coming up with fresh ideas every day is no easy task. “It might sound cheesy, but my inspiration comes from almost anywhere… my buddies’ venus flytrap on their kitchen counter, Hubble telescope images of Betelgeuse, Star Trek, having a particularly terrible cold, RuPaul, Pinterest, the Mantis Shrimp—you name it.”

To see what daily experience Hannah channels into costume next, follow her on Instagram: @dressupbox.